Norway Northern Lights Cruise
November 7 - 17, 2014
Experience the Norway’s aurora oval as you cruise aboard the MS POLARLYS from Kirkenes to Bergen. Photograph the rainbow, colored curtains as they roll and wave across the dark, canvas sky overhead. During the day visit the picturesque waterfront villages and towns. The two nights pre-tour in Kirkenes will afford optional cultural and historical adventures including a King Crab feast and snowmobiling northern lights hunt. There is a one-night stay in Bergen, post-cruise, in the historic Bryggen waterfront. The cruise is highlighted with lectures by astronomer, Fred Espenak and northern lights photography expert, Dennis Mammana.
Your Tour Includes:
- Roundtrip air on SAS from San Francisco. Other gateways available.
- All inter-Norway flights
- 6-days aboard the MS Polarlys
- Hotel Accommodations:
- 1-night Gardermoen Hotel - Oslo
- 2- nights Thon Hotel - Kirkenes
- 1-night Thon Hotel - Bergen
- Optional activities available
- Russian Border tours
- King Crab Feast
- Cultural tours
- Meals: Breakfasts daily, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
- Astronomical lectures
- Nightly aurora watch on deck
Upon arrival at the Kirkenes Airport, you will transfer to the Thon Hotel for two nights. Kirkenes served as the main base for supplies to Murmansk front during WWII. Kirkenes is second to Malta experiencing air-raid alarms and attacks.
After check-in at the hotel, join your Tour Director for a walking tour of the village.
Russian Border tour: Historical border crossing Norway-Russia. Visit the mining town of Bjornvatn.
Pasvik Valley and National Park Centre: Visit the Pasvik Valley, one of the last wilderness areas in Europe, known for its big brown bear population.
Northern Lights Snow Mobile Ride: You do not drive your own snowmobile but sit comfortably and warm on a sledge. Visit the cold and dark chasing the aurora. A light meal is served in a cozy hut at the end of the ride.
Call at Hammerfest, the world’s northernmost town of more than 5,000 people. Tonight be on deck in search of the green curtains of the aurora.